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Double for Reith before heat takes a toll

Jen Rules wins at Randwick.
Jen Ruleshas picked up a consolation win at Randwick for missing out on a shot at a stakes race.

After missing a shot at a stakes victory, Jen Rules has gained compensation win in benchmark grade at Randwick.

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Jen Rules had been scheduled to run in last week;s Listed Nudgee Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

She drew so wide, the Snowdens decided to bring her home to Sydney and wait for another black-type assault.

The mare ran in Saturday’s Ranvet Handicap (1300m) as the $4 second favourite and overhauled the favourite He’s A Hotshot ($3.30) to win by a length.

The mare is raced by Max Whitby and Neil Werrett and is named for Whitby’s late wife.

“We had her up at Eagle Farm for a stakes race but she drew so wide we couldn’t do it to her,” Paul Snowden said.

“This was a race to tide her over.

“She has always been on the cusp of getting black-type and we will find another one for her.”

Snowden said Jen Rules could get herself worked up and keeping her happy was a priority.

Her jockey Christian Reith said Jen Rules was mostly well behaved.

“She began well but she was a little fresh,” he said.

“She is a lovely filly and will improve off that.

The win was the second leg of a double for Reith who rode Philizzy, also part-owned by Werrett, to win the two-year-old race.

Reith subsequently had to forfeit his final ride on Patriot when he became dehydrated in the oppressive heat.

Rachel King also racked up a double at the meeting on the Kensington track, steering Mushaireb to win the Maroubra Handicap (1550m) for trainers Richard and Michael Freedman and the Bisley Workwear Handicap (1550m) on Mercurial Lad for Joseph Jones Racing.

King, who has cemented herself in Sydney’s top 10 jockeys, showed her strength to lift both over the line when they seemed beaten.

She could not quite manage the same with Patriot in the final race after she replaced Reith on the horse who finished fifth.

King will spend most of the rest of January serving two suspensions from meetings last week.

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